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What’s new in the world of gaming?

We’re nearing the halfway point of 2016; gaming-wise it has been an interesting year so far. PlayStation has announced a mid-cycle hardware update, some major franchises are stepping into the future while others are revisiting their past, and a certain Japanese giant is vying for high definition (HD).

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Games to look out for

When talking about yearly releases, sports titles not included, both Battlefield and Call of Duty are going to be heading in drastically different directions. Activision is taking the plunge into space with Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare and throwing in a remake of the original Modern Warfare for good measure. EA, on the other hand, is taking the Battlefield series back in time with Battlefield 1, which takes place during the First World War. Both games are coming out in the last quarter of 2016.

Lovers of indie games are probably counting down the days, as No Man’s Sky by Hello Games is only a few weeks away from being released. If exploring a procedurally generated universe (using textures and large amounts of content to reduce the file size of the game) sounds like your thing, you’d better be ready!

Hardware: the steady, the facelift, and the new

As Microsoft stopped producing new Xbox 360 consoles in April 2016, it seems like it is content with just moving forward with the Xbox One.

The biggest and latest surprise so far has been the rumour that Sony plans to launch a new 4K-resolution version of its current flagship, the PlayStation 4. This upgraded console, currently known as the PlayStation 4K, or Neo, is expected to be released before the end of the year.

Finally, it seems like Nintendo has decided to step it up a notch and join its competitors in the HD spectrum of gaming with the soon-to-be-revealed new console, the Nintendo NX. The release is scheduled for March 2017, but more information will be available soon.

Local is lekker

Gaming in South Africa is catching up with the rest of the world at an amazing rate. We’ve already had multiple rAge events in Johannesburg, as well as the first one in Cape Town in March 2016. Another highlight on the South African gaming calendar, the Electronic and Gaming Expo (EGE), is taking place in the Mother City in just over two months. From LAN to competitive play and cosplay, EGE is set to have it have it all. Go check it out!

Johan Charlier